Month: November 2019

IPL 2017: All-round Delhi Daredevils tame Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs at Kotla

IPL 2017: All-round Delhi Daredevils tame Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs at Kotla

first_imgDelhi Daredevils rode on an all-round effort to register their second successive win, beating Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Saturday. (Scorecard)Chasing a mammoth 189, Punjab could never recover from the three early jolts for just 31 runs and were restricted to 137/9.Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem rocked the visitors with two early wickets — Manan Vohra (3) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (7) — before South African all-rounder Chris Morris dealt another blow with the wicket of opener Hashim Amla (19) inside the first five overs. (IPL 2017, DD vs KXIP: Match Highlights)Amla looked good during his brief 12-ball stay, slamming four boundaries before a flick off a slower full toss from his countryman Morris landed on Sam Billings’ hands at deep square leg.Saha, however got out to a stunning low catch by Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan at extra-cover after facing five balls and sending the ball to the boundary once.With the team struggling at 31/3, David Miller (24) and Eoin Morgan (22) put on 33 runs for the fourth wicket to take the visitors past the 50-run mark. Morgan and Miller batted cautiously, striking the occasional boundaries to take the Punjab side to 64 before Australian pacer Pat Cummins packed back the South African after facing 20 balls and hitting three fours.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra then jolted Punjab with the key wicket of skipper Glenn Maxwell for a duck in the very next over.Mishra couldn’t have asked for a better occasion to claim his 50th wicket at the Feroz Shah Kotla as Punjab were found tottering at 65/5 midway through their innings.advertisementMiller then survived a low catch by Zaheer off Corey Anderson but failed to capitalise and got out to the same bowler trapped in front off a full toss after facing 28 balls and hitting a four.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, 44 from 29 balls raised Punjab’s hopes for a little by lofting the likes of Mishra, Anderson and Zaheer for three sixes but it was too late for the visitors as the asking rate kept on mounting.For Delhi, Morris was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/23 while Nadeem and Cummins took two wickets apiece. Mishra and Anderson chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, Daredevils rode on opener Sam Billings’ half century and a breezy unbeaten 39 from New Zealand’s Corey Anderson to post 188/6 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Anderson’s electrifying knock came from just 22 deliveries and included three fours and as many sixes after Billings set the platform with a 40-ball 55.Delhi were off to a flier with the opening duo of Billings and last match’s centurion Sanju Samson (19) putting on 53 runs.Both mostly dealt in boundaries as the Punjab bowlers erred in line and length in the early part of the innings.Young Samson started the onslaught from the first over when he flicked medium pacer Sandeep Sharma for four down the legs before adding another to bring up eight runs. Billings on the other hand, started with a pull over mid-on off Mohit Sharma before meting out special treatment to pacer Varun Aaron, slamming three consecutive boundaries in his first over.Playing his first match of the season, Shreyas Iyer (22) raised 41 runs with Billings for the third wicket.South African all-rounder Morris struck an 8-ball 16 to help Delhi cross the 150-run mark before Sandeep induced him to pull a short ball only to find Mohit’s safe hands at the square leg boundary.Anderson then added the late surge, sending Patel to the cleaners for two consecutive sixes as the 19th over yielded 16 runs before pacer Pat Cummins (12 not out) joined the party in the final over, fetching 19 runs. Despite taking two wickets, Aaron was quite wayward in his line and length, leaking four wides and a no ball in his four overs which cost 45 runs.last_img read more

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

Plastic bags, LED bulb removed from bulls stomach

first_imgThanjavur (TN), Apr 20 (PTI) Veterinarians at an institute here have removed 38.4 kg of plastic bags and a LED bulb from the stomach of a bull. The bull, used for jallikattu (bull taming sport), was brought to Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) of Veterinary College and Research Institute here by its owner Ayyappan of Tiruchirappalli district yesterday following anorexia and debility. On examination it was diagnosed that the animal has acute ruminal impaction following which a surgery was performed. The doctors retrieved 38.4 kg of polythene bags, a LED bulb, safety pins, nails and coir rope from the rumen of the animal after the surgery, TVCC sources said. PTI COR RClast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli was sent back for a five-ball duck by Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka sought to fight back against India in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Expectedly, there was stunned silence across the ground where thousands of Indian supporters had flooded in to cheer the Men in Blue. It’s not very often, after all, that Kohli flops in one-day cricket (or in any format for that matter).India had got off to a rousing start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who added 138 for the opening wicket. Kohli walked in after Rohit had fallen to Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga for 78. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)Loud cheers from the Indian contingent greeted Kohli, who is undoubedly the most entertaining batsman in the world. Moreover, his unbeaten 81 in the previous match against Pakistan had raised expectations further. Halfway through the innings, the stage was set for another Kohli special.But the India skipper lasted only five balls at the crease and edged a Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Kohli was done in by the seaam movement and extra pace and one could argue that the shot was too risky given a slip was waiting for perhaps just that shot.Incidentally, Kohli’s last duck in ODIs had also come in England against the hosts in Cardiff on August 27, 2014. That duck had underlined a horrid tour for Kohli, who has since blossomed as the best batsman in world cricket.advertisementBetween these two ducks, Kohli has amassed runs all over the world and smashed eight hundreds and nine half-centuries, some of which are already part of cricketing folklore.Kohli was in peak form during India’s packed Test season and had become the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. He struggled a bit against Australia in the four-Test series and had an indifferent IPL.last_img read more

Audi unveils R8 Spyder V10 Plus, the last of the R8 line

Audi unveils R8 Spyder V10 Plus, the last of the R8 line

first_imgIngolstadt based carmaker Audi has revealed the 2017 R8 Spyder V10 Plus, the final version of Audi’s flagship vehicle. It is also the fastest convertible car ever built by Audi.”The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The Spyder is now also available as a 610 hp top version in addition to the Coupe. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car.”The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine in the R8 is tuned to produce 610hp and 560Nm of torque, that can take the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus from 0-100kmph in just 3.3 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 328kmph. Power is sent to all four wheels by Audi’s legendary four-wheel drive system called Quattro.In the new Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus, things like Performance mode, R8 bucket seats, ceramic brake system and carbon components are included as standard equipment. The new R8 is 25kg lighter than the standard R8 Spyder. The micrommata green colour that you can see in the picture is an optional colour offered with the car.The new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus has been priced at Euro 207,500 or roughly Rs 1.49 crore and will make its way to India.Also Read:Audi in hot water over excessive diesel emissions in their carsAlso Read:Audi slash prices of its models in India by up to Rs 10 lakhadvertisementlast_img read more

Nuwan Pradeep over the moon after taking Virat Kohli’s wicket

Nuwan Pradeep over the moon after taking Virat Kohli’s wicket

first_imgSri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep has expressed delight at taking the prized scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli after bagging his maiden five wicket haul in Tests on day two of the series-opener.”Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world. I am very happy to have got him out like that. For a batsman like him we plan a lot. It was one of our plans that worked against him, and I’m really happy about that,” he said after day two.Pradeep had dismissed Kohli on the first day of the match when the star batsman mistimed a hook off a short ball. The pacer ended with figures of six for 132 as India amassed 600 in their first inningsAsked about his effort overall, he said: “It is special. But I didnt start well. I got some rhythm as I kept bowling more and more overs.”We came to the match with a plan. But the way the match went and given the state of the pitch, we had to change our plans. Some of the things we did didn’t do well. I did as well as I could.”Pradeep took 5-88 before lunch as Sri Lanka mounted a comeback in the first session. His previous best was 4-62, also against India at the SSC in 2015.”Because I took four wickets a lot of times and missed out on the fifth, today was the day that I worked out how to get a five-wicket haul. When you get four wickets, you have to bowl 15/16 overs, and you’re very tired after that. If you’re bowling more than that you still have to maintain that intensity and still bowl quickly. I think I did that today.advertisement”Earlier, I think I couldnt get to that fifth wicket before because of tiredness, said the pacer.But Hardik Pandya’s maiden half-century led India to a huge total. Thereafter, Sri Lanka’s top-order succumbed to pressure from the Indian attack, and were left fighting for survival at close of play.”No, we cant be happy about the state of the match. A lot of our plans went badly. We had to go to new plans but they didnt always work as well. But cricket is like that and you have to stick at it. At least we could get them for 600 runs.”At the moment Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera are batting well, so tomorrow hopefully they will stay at the wicket and bat well until lunch. If we can bat until tea we might be able to escape danger, added bowling consultant Chaminda Vaas, who had accompanied Pradeep as translator.last_img read more

British Muslims convicted of terror offences by UK court

British Muslims convicted of terror offences by UK court

first_img(Eds: Updates number of convicts)By Aditi KhannaLondon, Aug 2 (PTI) Four British Muslims believed to be of Pakistani origin are facing lengthy jail terms after being found guilty of terrorism charges by a UK court today.Mohibur Rahman, Khobaib Hussain and Naweed Ali branded themselves as “The Three Musketeers” as part of a terror cell, which was busted after Britains MI5 spies bugged Alis car and found a pipe bomb and meat cleaver hidden in a sports bag in raids in the West Midlands region of England in August 2016.All three, aged between 25 and 33, were convicted of one count of preparing for acts of terrorism under UKs Terrorism Act 2006 after a 23-week trial at Londons Old Bailey court.The jury took longer to declare a guilty verdict for the fourth suspect, 38-year-old Tahir Aziz, who allegedly bought a samurai sword from a sex shop for the terror cell.All four men will be sentenced tomorrow.Hussain and Ali had already been convicted of terrorist offences after they pleaded guilty to going to terror training camps in Pakistan in 2012.Responding to todays verdicts, Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Back in 2010 and 2011, they were inspired by Al Qaeda. Since theyve come out of prison, theyve been inspired by the Daesh (Islamic State) ideology.”They shared lots of material regarding that ideology, lots of very violent material, they were trying to encourage others to join them on that journey.”He said the men had carefully planned and took steps to “avoid drawing attention to themselves”, including leaving their mobile phones at home.advertisementBesides a half-made pipe bomb and a meat cleaver, other items found in Alis bag included an air pistol imitation hand gun with an empty magazine taped to the side of it, 11 more shotgun cartridges, a live unfired 9mm bullet, a roll of gaffer tape and a pair of black latex gloves.It had emerged during the trial that security services and police officers had set up a fake courier company last year to gather evidence on the suspects.An undercover police officer, known only as “Vincent”, posed as the boss of the delivery company.As part of the elaborate operation, officers hired premises in central Birmingham and drivers, who were given T- shirts with the Hero Couriers logo on them. Vincent then hired 25-year-old Hussain, paying him 100 pounds a day to deliver luggage to UK airports and other sites around the country.Hussain was then tracked communicating with his other terror cell members using encrypted messaging service Telegram and met them at restaurants and parks to avoid detection.They used a Musketeers image from the Disney cartoon as a logo for their messages, which included preparations for a knife attack similar to the June attack on London Bridge that claimed eight lives.Sue Hemming, the head of the counter-terrorism division at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “The prosecution was able to show that these men shared the same radical belief in violent jihad and had reached a stage where they were planning to take action.”Recent attacks have demonstrated the kind of horror these defendants could have caused had they not been stopped.”The UKs counter-terrorism officials believe the case is one of the most significant plots they have thwarted in the last year. PTI AK MRJ AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu carry India’s hopes at Denmark Open

Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu carry India’s hopes at Denmark Open

first_imgTitle-contenders P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth would look to put behind the disappointment of an early exit from Japan Open and make a positive start to their campaign at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, which begins on Tuesday.Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu have been in rampaging form this season as she has already bagged two titles at the India Open and Korea Open respectively.After a gruelling week at Seoul last month, she couldn’t sustain the intensity and suffered a second-round defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara — an opponent she had some fierce battles recently — at the Japan Open at Tokyo.The second seeded Indian, however, will be fresh after a three week training and would look to make amends when she opens her campaign against World No. 10 China’s Chen Yufei, a rival she had beaten in the World Championship in August.Chinese seventh seed He Bingjiao is likely to stand in Sindhu’s way to the semi-finals. The left-handed Chinese has a 5-4 record against Sindhu even though the Indian had beaten her at Korea Open.Slowly finding her foot back after battling her way through a career-threatening injury last year, Saina Nehwal will be looking for her first super series win in 16 months.She had won the Australia Open last year in June, 2016 before a knee injury derailed her Rio Olympics dream.The World No. 12 bagged a bronze at the World Championship but she lost to Carolina Marin at the Japan Open in the second round and the Indian will be itching for a revenge when she faces the fifth seeded Spaniard in the opening round here.advertisementReuters Photo The duo are locked 4-4 in head-to-head count but the last time Saina had beaten Marin was at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals. The Indian has lost twice in straight games to Marin in the last two meetings and she would need a determined effort to get across the newly-crowned Japan Open champion.In men’s singles, Srikanth starts as hot favourite after his three back-to-back final appearances out of which he won two titles at Indonesia and Australia.The World No. 8 had two creditable quarterfinal finishes at Glasgow World Championship and Japan Open and he would be looking for another title after he opens his campaign against a qualifier.If Srikanth can cross the first two rounds, a familiar foe in World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen might be waiting for him at the quarters.Among other Indians in fray, B Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy have showed that they are no pushovers after their good run this season.While Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at Singapore beating Srikanth in the final, Prannoy bagged the US Open Grand Prix Gold title besides creating a flutter after dumping heavyweights Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and China’s Chen Long in Indonesia Open.Prannoy and Praneeth will look to put their best foot forward when they face Denmark’s Emil Holst and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus respectively in the opening round.Sameer Verma, who won the Syed Modi Grad Prix Gold, will take on a qualifier and is expected to clash with Axelsen in the second round.Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also in the fray.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will also look for a good outing, while Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who reached the mixed doubles semifinals at Dutch Open Grand Prix last week, also will look to continue their good run.Tomorrow, Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap, who reached the finals at US Open, will open his campaign against Denmark’s Victor Svendsen, while Subhankar Dey faces another local shuttler Kim Bruun in men’s singles qualifiers.In women’s singles, Anura Prabhudesai will lock horns with Denmark’s Irina Amalie Andersen.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will face Ireland’s Sam Magee and Chloe Magee in the main draw tomorrow.last_img read more

Hero MotoCorp unveils concept of off-road bike Xpulse

Hero MotoCorp unveils concept of off-road bike Xpulse

first_imgBy Munish ShekhavatMilan, Nov 7 (PTI) Indias largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp today unveiled concept of an off-road bike Xpulse, which it plans to launch next year.An adventure bike, the Xpulse concept provides a glimpse into Heros plans to expand further into higher engine capacity segments.”We are constantly developing concepts for the future ? keeping in mind global trends and customer aspirations,” Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp told reporters here. The XPulse gives a directional guidance on the path that Hero is going to ride on in the future, he added. According to company sources, Hero MotoCorp has definite plans to launch the product next year. “We created this segment in India a few years ago and we feel it is about time that we start conceptualising some new thoughts and ideas in this space,” Munjal said. Keeping with the rising global stature of brand Hero, the company is creating such concepts not just with the Indian users in mind, but also with a focus on the evolved global markets, he added.The company earlier used to sell an off-road model Impulse. It has, however, stopped production of the bike. Munjal said Hero MotoCorp is also committed on motorsports and would continue to invest in it.”As part of our long-term commitments for promotion of motorsports in India and also ourselves going globally into motorsports we will we making further investments of building the culture of motorsports in India and beyond,” he saidadvertisementThe companys motorsport division, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, also presented its plan for the upcoming Dakar Rally 2018, including its new motorcycle, which the pilots will ride at the rally.”The team is now ready for Dakar 2018. We are also taking our learning and experience from motor sports to develop new concepts and products for our customers,” he said. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally had a successful debut season on the rally racing circuit last season, with a 100 per cent finish rate in all the rallies that it participated in. PTI MSS RKL MKJlast_img read more

GES:Sania, Mithali build a case for women sportspersons, infra

GES:Sania, Mithali build a case for women sportspersons, infra

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 29 (PTI) Sporting biggies, including Sania Mirza, Mithali Raj and Pullela Gopichand, today sent out a strong message on encouraging women players and developing essential infrastructure to promote sports in the country.Participating in a session on sports at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here, Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali made a pitch for upgrading sports infrastructure at schools so that more and more girl students can get a chance to play.She backed up her argument, saying that after the Indian teams success in recent Womens World Cup tournament, a lot of young girls have started showing interest in taking up sports, including cricket, but lack of proper infrastructure is coming in the way.India put up a strong show in the previous edition of the Womens World Cup though it lost out to England in the final.”I dont get to see schools having infrastructure for sports or the school emphasising on sports… they do not have that right kind of channel,” she pointed out.Though the country has young girls who aspire to become a cricketer or take up sport, there is no proper system lined up for them, she regretted.As sports has become highly competitive, Mithali said there is a need to have everything in place so that a young girl who aspires to be a player knows the road map.Speaking at the session, tennis ace Sania pointed to the growing interest among girls to play the sport.”When I started playing, we used to play on cow dung courts, there was no hard or clay court… Now, for under 14 or 16 years of age, you get at least 1,000 entries and that shows there is an interest among both girls and guys, but girls, I think, a lot more because of opportunities,” she added.advertisementAsked whether there is a hunger building in the country to turn to sports, noted badminton coach Gopichand said people are playing more sports, especially the organised one.To a question on who should run sports, he opined that the government would need to play its role because “if the industry were to run sports, it will run a few sports”.He maintained that traditional sports like wrestling, kho-kho, kabaddi, archery and malkhamb do not require expensive equipment and can be played in a small area.”… this is what the traditional sport was. We have moved from that space where people play for that reason to a space which goes into marketable, advertising… expensive equipment,” Gopichand added.About packaging of sports like kabaddi, he said the sport is great example of how things could turn around.Gopichand also emphasised on the need to recognise local talent. “We need to celebrate our local players. Sports diplomacy, sports entrepreneurs, sports physiotherapists, sports administration, all of them need to be looked at. We need to celebrate sports by itself,” he suggested, making the point that “sports needs to be played, it is beyond winning”.Replying to a question about the ways to get more women to play sports, Sania said media can play a crucial role by encouraging women sportspersons.On whether women athletes are tougher, Mithalis reply was they are because they handle more societal pressures. PTI RR CS ARDlast_img read more

Youth from valley continue to break new ground in sports:

Youth from valley continue to break new ground in sports:

first_imgMuftiJammu, Dec 4 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today praised a baseball player and a cyclist for their achievements and said that youth from Kashmir Valley were continuing to break new ground in sports.Tahir Shabnum of Srinagar was selected for the Dubai Cup India-Pakistan International Baseball Series to be held at Sharjah Stadium in United Arab Emirates.”Valley baseball player Tahir Shabnum selected for the Dubai Cup. Youth from the (Kashmir) valley continue to break new ground,” she tweeted.He was selected after participating in trials at Chandigarh and a coaching camp at Patiala organised by the Amateur Baseball Federation of India. The tournament is scheduled to be held from December 8.Shabnum has represented the state a number of times in the senior national baseball championships and also represented Kashmir University in All India Inter University Baseball Championship.In another Twitter post, the chief minister said, “Another great achievement in sports, Bilal Ahmed Dar (is) leading the way.”Cyclist Bilal Ahmad Dar, a resident of�Narbal area of Budgam, bagged four gold medals in the track Under-17 national school games. He also recently bagged three medals in the National Road Cycling Championship held at Karnataka. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Its been a great year for Indian badminton: Gopichand

Its been a great year for Indian badminton: Gopichand

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) National badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, today expressed happiness at the performance this year of Indian shuttlers and termed Kidambi Srikanths feat of winning four Super Series titles as “phenomenal”.”Its been a great year. I think all the players have done well. At the beginning of the year if you had said this is what you would get this year, I would have taken it very happily,” said Gopichand here.”In the big events – World Championships or Super Series events, we have done well. Also varied people have done well. Last year was, may be, (P V) Sindhus year. This year mens singles has come off (well). Three of them winning Super Series titles, winning GP gold level – (HS) Prannoy and Sameer (Verma) winning. Overall it has been a good year. Now hoping for a good finish in Dubai (Super Series finals) to what has been a great year already,” he remarked.”We have a pretty cramped calendar in the world level. Considering that, what we have been able to manage has been good. Its a good stepping stone for the next year as well,” he noted.”To win four Super Series titles and becoming runner-up at one and, at the end of the year, reaching a ranking of world no. 2 is phenomenal. Not many players in world badminton (have achieved that). The only players who have achieved what he has achieved – we call them legends of the sport across time,” said Gopichand on Srikanths brilliant run this year.advertisementSrikanth had started his brilliant title-run by clinching the mens singles title in the Indonesian Super Series and followed it up by winning the singles Super Series crowns in Australia, Denmark and France.In between, the Hyderabad shuttler also finished runner-up to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the Singapore SS and was a losing quarter finalist in the World Championships.”Hes 24 and has many more years to compete. (With) Lee Chong Wei at 34 and Lin Dan at 33 (still playing), we can expect that he has 8-10 years of badminton left in him. What he has achieved is phenomenal. What he can achieve, considering his potential, is unbelievable,” Gopichand gushed.On Sindhu, silver medal winner in womens singles at last years Rio Olympics, Gopichand said it was a fine display by the lanky shuttler to maintain such high levels the year after the sports spectacle in Brazil.”Sindhu has been good – Super Series wins in the India Open and Korea and finals of the Super Series in Hong Kong and the World Championship (silver) medal. To come back after an Olympic year and, in the next year, perform like that and finish off as world no. 2 is good.”She had problems with (Spains Olympic champion) Carolina (Marin), she beat her; with (Japans Akane), Yamaguchi, she beat her. She is improving as a player. I believe, the next year could be even better. She is just 22, young and has a lot of potential.”He also said that Saina Nehwal, bronze medallist in the 2012 London Games who has moved back to Hyderabad from Bengaluru after the World Championships, is showing what she is capable of after her injury last year during the Olympics.”We will have to work on a few aspects of her game. Its good that in the last few tournaments she had good performances – beating Carolina after a while and the match against Chen Yufei which she played. Overall she is showing that she is capable now. She needs to be fitter and also get back from her injury, as well as ensure she is physically stronger to win match after match,” said Gopichand.Looking ahead to next years Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, and the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Gopichand hoped that the shuttlerss display would be better than that at Glasgow, Scotland and Incheon, South Korea.”Every two years we have these big events – whether its Commonwealth Games, or Asian Games or the Olympics. We are hoping we will come out strongly. In 2014 there were good performances and hopefully we can better it.” PTI SSR NRB SDMlast_img read more

Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik win gold at Commonwealth Wrestling

Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik win gold at Commonwealth Wrestling

first_img(Eds: Adding Sakshi Maliks gold and relevant details)New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa today.Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships.Sakshi defeated New Zealands Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg womens freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullars via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.In his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.advertisementSoon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.”Its a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind????,” an emotional Sushil tweeted after his win.Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position. PTI SSC ATK SSClast_img read more

India most successful T20I side in history, Pakistan a close second

India most successful T20I side in history, Pakistan a close second

first_imgIndia on Wednesday night trampled Sri Lanka by 93 runs in the first Twenty20 international at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.Put in to bat, India rode on KL Rahul’s 48-ball 61 and a quickfire 34-ball 68-run unbeaten stand between MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey to post a challenging 180/3.In reply, Sri Lanka were crumbled to just 87 runs thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4/23 as India recorded their biggest-ever victory in terms of runs. Hardik Pandya (3/29) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/18) also made valuable contributions as India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The tourists, who also lost the three-match Test series 1-0, were all out for 87, matching their second lowest total in the format. Sri Lanka had also lost the one day international series 2-1.Courtesy their victory, India now have the best win-loss ratio (1.61) in the T20 internationals among the Test playing nations. India’s arch-rivals and giants in the format are close second at 1.60.India have been flying high in the shortest format in the past two years with 22 victories in 32 matches.Coming in to bowl inside the batting powerplay, Chahal showed exemplary control with a slippery ball, owing to the dew on the ground, and finished with four wickets in his four overs.Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav snubbed out the remaining chances of a Sri Lanka challenge with figures of 2-18. Seamer Hardik Pandya wrapped up the tail with 3-29 as Sri Lanka were bundled out in 16 overs.India, resting their top players including newly-wed regular skipper Virat Kohli, lost stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (17) early but Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, who made 24, added 63 for the second wicket to give the home side a solid base.advertisementFormer captain Dhoni and Pandey provided the late flourish with a fourth-wicket stand of 68 as the duo added 61 in the last four overs of India’s innings.Dhoni remained unbeaten on 39 from 22 balls while Pandey made 32 off 18 deliveries.Sri Lanka must now win the second match at Indore on Friday to keep alive their hopes of claiming at least one series across the formats on their tour.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Carlos Tevez’s future at Shanghai Shenhua unsure after poor debut Chinese Super League season

Carlos Tevez’s future at Shanghai Shenhua unsure after poor debut Chinese Super League season

first_imgShanghai Shenhua remain undecided over the future of Carlos Tevez after the Argentine’s disappointing debut season at the Chinese Super League club.Tevez joined Shenhua in a blaze of publicity in January from Boca Juniors amid reports he was earning a salary in the region of $825,000 per week.The former Manchester United and Juventus striker endured a difficult year in China, however, with rumours circulating he would return to Argentina before the completion of his two-year deal with Shanghai.Tevez played just 16 times in the league and scored only four goals in a campaign interrupted by a lingering calf injury, for which he returned to Buenos Aires for treatment for 10 days in August.”It’s a pretty sensitive issue, we can’t really answer that question at the moment,” Shenhua team manager Mao Yijun told Reuters when asked about Tevez’s future.”It’s safe to say that Tevez’s performances didn’t really reach our expectations. It’s fair to say that. He has had some injuries with his calf and he didn’t have a (pre-season) preparation period with us.”However, in training and in the matches he did try his best and his attitude was very professional. But he didn’t reach his top athletic performance because of his condition.”We are still discussing his future with the club.”Tevez was signed by Shenhua with their Asian Champions League campaign in mind, only for the club to exit the competition at the playoff stage in the 33-year-old’s first competitive game.Shenhua, who had finished fourth in the Chinese Super League in 2016, then endured a rollercoaster league season, eventually finishing 11th with head coach Gus Poyet quitting in September.advertisementUnder caretaker coach Wu Jingui, however, the club went on to defeat Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese FA Cup final to book their place in the group phase of the Asian Champions League for next season. Wu has now been given the job on a permanent basis.Tevez, however, took no part in the Chinese FA Cup win, returning to Argentina a day before the second leg after being told he had been left out of the matchday squad.”It’s been a tough season for us with a lot of unexpected incidents happening and we didn’t really do well in the league,” said Mao.”The results were not what we wanted. But in the later stage of the season we had to try to focus on winning the Chinese FA Cup.”Eventually we won it, so that gave us the perfect ending to the season and we’re all happy. It’s been a difficult process but a perfect ending.”last_img read more

Washington Sundar ready to prove his mettle for India after IPL success

Washington Sundar ready to prove his mettle for India after IPL success

first_imgWashington Sundar is just a few steps away from realising his dream of playing for India after being named in the ODI squad for the ongoing series against Sri Lanka as a replacement for the injured Kedar Jadhav.Not many teenagers get a chance to share the dressing room with the senior team players but Sundar has got the opportunity to exactly that and he wants to make full use of this chance.”For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream. As an 18-year-old, I have got the opportunity to play for India and it is a great feeling. I trust a lot in my preparation and it has paid off.”Sundar however, isn’t getting overawed with players like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan around him thanks to his experience of playing with them in the Indian Premier League.”It has been my fourth day to be precise but I do not feel that I just became part of the team. I knew lot of players before, have played with Mahi bhai (Dhoni) in the IPL. They all made me feel at home,” said Sundar ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali on Tuesday.Jadhav has in the past contributed with the ball whenever called upon by the captain and his part-time off-spin has provided success to the team on a few occasions. Sundar says he will try to contribute with the bat and will be ready to bowl his full quota if required.advertisement”I would definitely have to be ready to bowl 10 overs of off spin and contribute with the bat no matter what position the team is in.”Sundar had recently failed to clear the yo-yo test, which is mandatory for the players to be eligible for selection in the Indian team these days. But the 18-year-old worked hard on his fitness and had a good IPL season with the Rising Pune Supergiant which got him the attention of the selectors.”I went back, prepared a lot, trained a lot on aspects, where I needed to. It paid off. I started bowling more and spent extra time on my batting. And fitness also as you know it has become a very important aspect of this Indian team,” said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder, who made his first-class debut last year before playing his first List A game this March.”You do see a lot of wickets like that. In a domestic season, you get to play two games on tracks similar to Dharamsala. The way Mahi bhai batted was great, he went on the counter attack. Another 60-70 runs would have made a lot of difference,” said Sundar.last_img read more

Melo Back, Knicks Bop Spurs

Melo Back, Knicks Bop Spurs

first_imgSAN ANTONIO –  Carmelo Anthony’s presence in the lineup has a way of making things right for the Knicks.Anthony had 27 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury and Iman Shumpert scored a career-high 27, including the tiebreaking tip-in with 23.4 seconds left, as New York surprised the San Antonio Spurs 105-101 on Jan. 2.“The effort level was very high, the energy level was very high,” Anthony said. “We played like we wanted this game.”Two days after dominating the Brooklyn Nets, the Spurs were expected to enjoy similar success against the other New York team in disarray.The Knicks have been battling injuries, shoddy defense, selfish offense and lofty expectations, but they suddenly looked whole.Amare Stoudemire added 11 points and Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani had 10 each for New York (10-21), which snapped a three-game skid.Marco Belinelli had a career-high 32 points, but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute for San Antonio (25-8). Tony Parker had 12 points and Manu Ginobili added 11 points and 12 assists.The Spurs, who dropped to 12-5 at home this season, had won three in a row overall. But they failed to contain Anthony and — surprisingly — Shumpert.The Knicks’ skid coincided with Anthony sitting out with a sprained left ankle, but the All-Star forward looked refreshed in revitalizing the team’s struggling offense.Shumpert had a combined 25 points in the Knicks’ five previous games, but he got a lift from Anthony’s return.“They doubled ‘Melo, so a lot of times I was just wide open,” he said.After scoring 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting in the first three quarters, Anthony was limited to four in the final period while going 1 for 5. But those last four points were critical in a frenzied finish.Following consecutive 3-pointers by Parker and Belinelli that pulled San Antonio to 96-94 with 3 minutes left, Parker’s layup gave the Spurs a 98-96 lead.Anthony tied the game with a driving layup, and Parker missed a contested layup. Shumpert then hit a 3 with 39.1 seconds remaining after the Knicks captured a loose ball that six players touched at one point.“Those are all winning plays,” New York coach Mike Woodson said. “I keep harping on last year. There were a lot of times last year when somebody would step up and do something amazing to help you win games. We just haven’t been able to experience much of that this season.”Belinelli tied the game with a 3-pointer off an inbounds play drawn up during a timeout. Shumpert then rose high above San Antonio’s interior defenders to tip in a missed shot with 23.4 seconds remaining, giving New York a 103-101 lead.“I’ve always done that throughout my career,” Shumpert said. “I just try and play hard. That’s the one thing — even if everything is going wrong, you can still run hard, chase somebody down, get a block, get a steal … get an offensive rebound. Those are things you can do whether you’re having a good night or a bad night.”Belinelli missed a 3 and Anthony drained a pair of free throws to seal it.Averaging 6.2 points entering the game, Shumpert scored 10 in the opening quarter alone. He finished 6 for 8 on 3s, shot 10 for 13 overall and added six rebounds.“We’ve been missing a lot of bodies throughout the season,” Woodson said. “Tonight we came together as a group. Iman was big tonight. Probably the best game in a Knicks uniform. Not because he scored points, but the fact that he defended, had to guard Parker pretty much the whole night. I thought he did a hell of a job on him.”Parker shot just 5 for 13 from the field, but wasn’t alone.San Antonio’s frontcourt of Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter combined for 23 points, shooting 7 of 19 and grabbing just 16 rebounds.The bench, such a big part of the team’s early success, was unable to energize the Spurs. Excluding Ginobili, the bench finished with just 23 points.“I didn’t see the aggressiveness and the passion the way I saw it in the Knicks players tonight,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “They wanted it more than we did, that’s the bottom line. They wanted it more and they got it.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hatzis Sets Greek Hoop Scoring Record

Hatzis Sets Greek Hoop Scoring Record

first_imgATHENS – Nikos Hatzis, who plays for the struggling Ilisiakos club in Greece’s basketball league, isn’t a well-known figure but now holds the honor of setting the record for most point scored.Hatzis scored 19 points to help his team beat Ikaros Halkidas 79-71 on March 29, keeping its hopes alive in the league and giving him a career total of 5,184 points, surpassing Angelos Koronios, who had scored 5,170 points in his career.Hatzis is also the record-holder in games played in the top division. Ilisiakos is in a three-way tie at the bottom of theleague with Ikaros and Panelefsiniakos.With the junior Greek national team, Chatzis won the gold medal at both the 1993 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and also at the 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He also appeared in 69 games for the Greek national team and scored 336 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Spain’s era of dominance at the European Championship came to an end Monday when Italy beat the two-time defending champion 2-0 in the round of 16.Italy deserved its victory and was impressive from the start at Stade de France, stifling Spain’s attacking intent and creating several scoring opportunities with its slick interplay.The victory meant Italy avoided a third consecutive elimination at the European Championship to Spain, and secure a quarterfinal clash against another old foe, Germany.“It was definitely a great performance,” Italy coach Antonio Conte said. “They did something fantastic tonight. They are great men and wonderful footballers.”Giorgio Chiellini, a member of Italy’s resilient defense, put his team ahead in the 33rd minute, when he poked the ball across the line after Spain goalkeeper David de Gea couldn’t hold on to a free kick by Eder.Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, watches as Spain’s Alvaro Morata attempts a header at goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)In the second half, Spain showed more menace and came close to equalizing on a couple of occasions. Sergio Ramos nearly scored with a header from close range in the team’s first clear chance of the game, and Buffon had to make a difficult save on a powerful shot by Andres Iniesta in the 76th minute.Buffon also made another impressive save in the 90th minute when he managed to get down and save Gerard Pique’s close-range strike.As Spain swept forward in search of the elusive equalizer, Italy counterattacked to put the match beyond doubt. Graziano Pelle sealed the victory — Italy’s first competitive triumph over Spain since the 1994 World Cup — with his second goal of the tournament after a cross by Matteo Darmian in second-half injury time.“We have to accept the loss and move forward. It wasn’t meant to be,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said.It was Italy’s first win over La Roja at the European Championship since it was defeated comprehensively by the Spaniards 4-0 in the 2012 final. Italy had also been eliminated by Spain in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals at Euro 2008.The result brings an end to Spain’s unprecedented success at the European Championship following its two consecutive victories in 2008 and 2012. Two years ago, defending its 2010 World Cup, Spain was dumped out of the World Cup in Brazil at the group stage.Spain entered Monday’s game surrounded by doubts after losing 2-1 to Croatia in its final group game, and again it wasn’t able to impose the passing game that’s been behind its recent success.Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon lifts a thumb as he swings on the goal’s cross bar after the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. Italy defeated Spain by 2-0. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)“We have to accept the disappointment. They were more efficient in the decisive moments,” Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta said. “In the second half we played more like ourselves but we paid the price of also having to be careful on defense.”Spain will now have to focus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, although it’s unclear what the Spanish squad will look like after the elimination in France. Many of the top players who have been with the squad the past few years may not return. It’s also uncertain whether Del Bosque will remain in charge.Italy arrived in France written off by critics back but it’s now in the hunt to win its first European Championship since 1968. Italy will play Germany in Bordeaux on Saturday in a rematch of the 2012 semifinal, which it won by 2-1.It won’t take long before Italy and Spain resume their rivalry as they have been drawn together in the same qualifying group for the World Cup.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Romao the First of Four

Romao the First of Four

first_imgOlympiacos has announced the signing of Alaixys Romao from Marseille. The 32-year old defensive midfielder has signed a 2-year contract with the Erythrolefki. Romao is the first of four signings anticipated today on the final day of the transfer window.Romao is a clear “#6” defensive midfielder that has played his whole career in France. Before making a move to Marseille in 2013, he played at Toulouse, Louhans-Cuiseaux, Grenoble, and Lorient. He is coming off of three full seasons in the French Ligue 1 with Marseille (45, 39, 38 appearances). Additionally he has 52 caps with Togo’s National team.The 32-year old signed a 2-year contract with Olympiacos as a free agent. After signing his deal he stated “I want many titles with the biggest team in Greece.” Romao is another option in the defensive midfield position along with Milivojevic, Cambiasso, and Zdjelar. Milivojevic has caught the interest of many teams, however he is not expected to be sold last minute, as Olympiacos have minimal starting-line up options in the current position.The Erythrolefki are expected to complete three additional signing before the transfer window closes today at 6:00 PM local time. The three players will be Bruno Viana (central defender),Gonzalo Paciência (striker), and the “big name” Oscar Cardozo (striker). Of course, we cannot rule out a last minute surprise from the Greek Champions.Giannis Maniatis, Manuel da Costa, and Dimitris Siovas have all been rumored to leave the club with neither of the players rumored to transfer deal. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek Teen Tsitsipas Upsets Djokovic in Toronto

Greek Teen Tsitsipas Upsets Djokovic in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb’s serve early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal.“I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.”Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus.“Losing in this kind of tournament, it’s not something I don’t care about,” Djokovic said. “It really frustrates me. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on. … He just played better in the decisive moments. I had my chances to come back in the third set when I dropped my serve at 15-40. An easy forehand. I missed it, but that’s sport. You have to deal with these kind of situations.”Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court winner before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes.“I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan,” Tsitsipas said. “I knew that at some point he’s going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened.”Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (4) in a night match delayed by rain late in the first set. Nadal, playing his first event since losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, will face sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.“Very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent,” Nadal. “That’s what I needed, a match like this to be a little more confident. Just happy to be in the quarterfinals.”Cilic beat 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.Tsitsipas will face second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 for seventh straight match win and tour-high 43rd of the year.“I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I’m playing well,” Zverev said. “I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now, I’m in that rhythm.”Fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria set up another quarterfinal. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4).In the other quarterfinal, Karen Khachanov of Russia will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Khachanov beat eighth-seeded John Isner of the United States 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), and Haase topped Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more